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Ridge Vineyards

Ridge Vineyards

Ridge Vineyards
17100 Montebello Road
Cupertino
USA 95014-5435
Phone: 408.867.3233
http://www.ridgewine.com

Contact: David Amadia

Our winemaking philosophy includes fermenting entirely with native yeasts from the vineyard, rather than cultured yeast strains; extracting color, flavor, and tannins from the grapes without use of commercial enzymes; determining – by tasting for tannin extraction during fermentation how long to continue pump-overs; allowing malolactic fermentation to occur naturally, without inoculation; achieving wine clarity through settling and racking; making major winemaking decisions, including blending, based on tasting rather than a pre-determined recipe.

Through years of experience, we have found that minimal additions of sulfur are essential to avoiding the ever-present risk of wine oxidation or spoilage, which destroys the individual vineyard character of the wine. We add a small amount of SO2 when the grapes are crushed, after malolactic fermentation, and very small amounts at quarterly rackings, rigorously maintaining the minimum effective level for each wine.
Occasionally, if we have a wine lot (or an entire, assembled wine) with excessive tannin, we may fine it gently, using fresh egg whites. The egg whites precipitate to the bottom of the tank or barrel, improving balance by removing a portion of the tannin, and by further integrating the wine. When the whites have formed a firm layer, we slowly rack the clean wine off this sediment. Pad filtration then removes any remaining trace of egg white. We avoid membrane sterile filtration, a process which – to a minor but noticeable degree – affects flavor and complexity.

Tasting the zinfandels throughout their time in the cellar allows us to select those lots that best express each vineyard’s character, and combine them as the vineyard-designated wine. Lots with less intense individuality are held out.

Winemaker: Paul Draper

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ridgevineyards

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RidgeVineyards

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Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel 2008
Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel 2008

Sonoma County, California, United States

Alcohol: 14.2%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2015

 

LCBO: 652875  35 in stock

BC: 250985  240 in stock

SAQ: 12328898  71 in stock

88/100

$29.95

Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Santa Cruz Mountains, California, United States

Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2016

 

LCBO: 711085  Check Stock

BC: 597203  Check Stock

SAQ: 897942  Check Stock

91/100

$145.95

Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2010
Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2010

Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States

Alcohol: 14.8%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2014‐2022

Best Beef Wine

 

LCBO: 982413  179 in stock

BC: 178236  309 in stock

SAQ: 513929  60 in stock

94/100

$48.95

Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Santa Cruz Mountains, California, United States

Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2017‐2030

Best Beef Wine

 

LCBO: 405332  360 in stock

95/100

$191.95

Ridge Monte Bello 2012
Ridge Monte Bello 2012

Santa Cruz Mountains, California, United States

Alcohol: 13.8%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2015‐2020

Gorgeous Gift Wine

 

LCBO: 711085  Check Stock

92/100

$190.95

Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005
Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005

California, United States

Alcohol: 13.7%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml

 

LCBO: 89284  19 in stock

BC: 595371  Check Stock

92/100

$60.95

Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Santa Cruz Mountains, Central Coast, California, United States

Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2014‐2022

Gorgeous Gift Wine

 

LCBO: 320945  Check Stock

BC: 379958  Check Stock

94/100

$149.95

Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel 2012
Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel 2012

Sonoma County, California, United States

Alcohol: 14.2%  Sweetness: Medium  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2018

Plush Pork Wine

 

LCBO: 652875  35 in stock

BC: 250985  240 in stock

SAQ: 12328898  71 in stock

90/100

$35.95

Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cabernet Merlot 2007
Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cabernet Merlot 2007

Santa Cruz Mountains, California, United States

Alcohol: 13.7%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2018

 

LCBO: 89284  19 in stock

BC: 595371  Check Stock

93/100

$49.95

Ridge Lytton Springs 2012
Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States

Alcohol: 14.4%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2014‐2019

Gorgeous Gift Wine

 

LCBO: 982413  179 in stock

BC: 178236  309 in stock

SAQ: 513929  60 in stock

90/100

$52.95

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